Things to Do on Christmas & Boxing Day in London

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Credit: City of London

Here is a list of things to do on December 25 & 26 in London.

Wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times. Provincial guidelines for gatherings must be observed.

Note: All activities are subject to emerging Covid-19 restrictions. Do check before starting.

Go to Victoria Park

 

A popular London destination, Victoria Park is even more beautiful during the Christmas season with the park turned into a Winter Wonderland. The lights will remain on nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. until January 3rd.

Admire Christmas lights

See Christmas Lights around London.

  • The Lights On Stratford festival has transformed downtown Stratford with luminous art and interactive light installations. The Lights will be on to enjoy until February 14, 2021.
  • Drive through the illuminated display at the St. Mary’s Winter Lights. The display will be lit daily from 5 pm t0 11 pm.
  • Set foot in a wonderland of twinkling lights and experience the charm of the original light festival in Ontario during the annual Simcoe Christmas Panorama.
  • Every night until January 4, 100’s of customized LED light displays light up Amherstburg. Featuring whimsical playful displays at the Toddy Jones Park and the more traditional light displays at the King’s Navy Yard Park, the Amherstburg River Lights is an annual holiday tradition that is enjoyed by many.
  • Head to 220 Songbird Lane in Ilderton to enjoy fabulous Christmas Lights.

Want more? Check out these spectacularly lit places in Ontario.

Do a Christmas Day Bird Count

Do a Christmas bird counton Christmas Day and enjoy a crisp morning walk! Though not an organised/official day for counting, you can always do one on your own.

If you don’t want to venture outside do an unofficial count of the birds that visit your bird feeder.

Go outdoor

Head to one of the many skating avenues managed by the City of London.

Enjoy skating at outdoor skating rinks – Storybook Gardens, Victoria Park, and the Rotary Rink at Covent Garden Market, weather permitting. Registration for the skate trail sessions is required. Registration can be completed online or by calling 519-661-5575 up to seven days in advance of the session start date.

Take in the winter scenery while cross-country skiing onvarious trails.

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Go Winter Walking

Enjoy winters’ solitude and go hiking in Southwest Ontario. Great places to explore include Fanshawe Lake Trail, Westminster Ponds Trails, Thames River Loop, Thames Valley Trail, Sifton Bog, and more. Be sure to check closure hours and weather conditions before you start.

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Christmas Brunch/Dinner

Support local restaurants this holiday season and order a holiday takeout meal.

Plan a trip to a nearby Provincial Park

 
Enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, and more at the provincial parks.

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Geocaching

Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located throughout the region. This family-friendly activity uses a mobile app or a GPS device. This is also a fun way to interact with nature while getting mild exercise and explore new areas.

Go Bird Watching

Birding is a fun activity to do in winter. Can spot the popular winter birds? What changes do you notice? Visit any of the birding areas near London, download a bird ID app, and try to name all the birds that you can spot.

Watch The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunctionof planets Jupiter and Saturn take place from December 12 to 28. Although the planets will not be at their closest approach on Christmas day, they can still be viewed together on Christmas day.

Online Concerts

Online concerts have kept people entertained with the temporary closure of many concert halls. You can enjoy performances from all over Canada and the World!

Online Theatres

There are many online theatreperformances you can enjoy online! The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are some of the performances that can be enjoyed.

More Fun Things to Do

Check our family fun activities during Christmas Break for more things to do during winter break.

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